Any blogger will tell you that blogging takes up SO much more time than they expected it would. It’s basically like having a second unpaid job, one which still requires attention, dedication and motivation to do it well. Over the past year, I’ve developed a few tricks to keep myself organised, save myself time, and prevent blogging from feeling too much like a hassle. Sure, it’s hard work – and sometimes it definitely feels like it – but there are still things you can do to keep it fun and keep yourself motivated through the rough patches. Here are a few things I’ve learned:
Schedule Your Posts Ahead of Time
I cannot emphasise this enough. Trust me. Even though I’m not always great about this, I try to have posts scheduled at least a few days early, because then I don’t have to worry about them. They’re completely done. It also prevents that “crap, I haven’t posted something in a while, what should I write?” crisis. Don’t worry, it happens to all of us. But scheduling posts ahead of time can prevent some of that niggling panic. And it will make your life easier to know that once you have this set of posts done, you can focus on other things. It’s also very helpful when you know you have plans. For example, this post was written ahead of time because I knew this week would be pretty crazy at work. Guess what? Now I don’t have to come home and rush it in one sitting the night before – my posts are already done and scheduled for the week ahead. No hassle, no rush, no fuss! 🙂
Give Yourself Plenty of Breaks
This one took me far too long to learn. If you don’t feel like blogging on a particular day, just don’t do it. Don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself to blog every single day or have a certain number of posts up each week. Your writing WILL suffer for it, and so will you. Make blogging something you enjoy doing, and don’t feel disheartened if your daily views are down because you haven’t posted anything in a day or two (I know it’s hard, but you can do it!) ❤ This is also where scheduling posts comes in handy – you can afford to take time off, stress-free, if you have a post or two ready to go up on time. But I can’t stress this enough: it’s OKAY to take breaks, it’s OKAY to treat yourself, it’s OKAY if you lose a follower or two, and it’s TOTALLY OKAY to make your own mental health a priority over blogging every day. 🙂
This also applies to other commitments as well: don’t be afraid to say no if you already have a full plate, especially when recovering from burnout or writer’s block. A one- or two- week break, even with deadlines looming, is way better than burning out and being unproductive for far longer. If your workload is just too much, break your normal routine! Write in a different colour pen. Take a walk outside during lunch. Breathe in the fresh air! Doing something new, or differently, can really shake things up, recharge your batteries and make you feel refreshed for your next blogging session. ❤
Try Something New
We’re busy animals, us humans. Many of us have full-time day jobs, careers to aim towards, and school to attend. We all have families, friends, and children to look after and care for. These must come first. Always. Writing every day isn’t always going to happen and although it’s excellent in theory, it’s not always realistic. Or feasible. A way more reasonable approach is to write as often as possible and try doing something productive towards your writing goals. Maybe watch a quick video for writing tips, or jot down some quick ideas. Write randomly, or just for fun. Don’t feel like writing poetry? Try your hand at some flash fiction instead! Feeling unmotivated because your story is gathering dust? Try a Swimmers one-word prompt! Sometimes all you need is a little shake-up to spark that fire of creativity again. It’ll help you get out of that rut of procrastination, and push you back on track to achieve your own goals. Get creative!
Accept That It WILL Take Time to Become “Successful”
Whatever your blogging goals are, it’s going to take time to get there. You are not going to be getting review requests from publishers a month in, or make any sort of revenue for a good long while (or ever) unless you’re actively selling something. It took me more than two months to start receiving feedback from readers, and a year in, I’ve been very lucky to find a core group of readers who enjoy what I write and look forward to new posts each week. Granted, if you put in the work and have original, fun posts, this could happen much more quickly for you than it did for me. But if you’re expecting blogging to pay for grad school, maaaybe find a Plan B.
Reach Out To A Friend
We all need a pick-me-up once in a while. It’s true: sometimes nothing is going to work. You’ll feel listless, unmotivated, depressed. When that happens, talk to someone. It is OKAY to not be okay – don’t ever be afraid to ask for help. I can’t stress how valuable it’s been to have a close group of friends online – they’ve all been so supportive and it’s been such a pleasure to get to know them. Having that core group of friends has really pulled me out of some rough patches. 💕
Here are some of the amazing people I’ve been very lucky to connect with through the blogging community. They’re some of the most talented and creative writers I’ve had the pleasure of knowing, and they’ve helped inspire me to become a much better blogger. If you’re looking for new blogs to check out, feel free to swing by and say hello!
We are each of us so diverse in our own writing, but brought together by a common wish to help each other blossom and thrive. From short stories, to poetry, to flash fiction, to life lessons and personal anecdotes, there’s a whole range of interesting content being produced by so many unique people. The written word has one main goal: to make two people feel less lonely. Stories can help connect such different people through their thoughts, feelings and imaginations. It’s a truly amazing feeling to have a close group of friends who can help you through the rough days when things just get too much. Love you guys! Keep writing! 😀 ❤
As Andy Weir said it best:
Every human being has a basic instinct to help each other out…If a hiker gets lost in the mountains, people will coordinate a search. If a train crashes, people will line up to give blood. If an earthquake levels a city, people all over the world will send emergency supplies. This is so fundamentally human that it’s found in every culture without exception.
Yes, there are assholes who just don’t care,
but they’re massively outnumbered by the people who do.
Mark Watney, The Martian
Never, EVER Give Up
Whatever you choose to write about, it’s your blog. Your voice. Your own thoughts, feelings, and emotions, from your own unique perspective. Nobody else’s. You’re going to bring some amazing things into this world, so fight for them, be proud of them and don’t lose heart! Find the thing that sets your soul on fire. Write it down. Print it out. Pin it up on your wall, or fridge, or desk. Something that you are deeply passionate about, something that makes your heart beat faster. 😀 Keep going!
So many bloggers have shared how they originally got into blogging because they were eager to express themselves online, and could freely express their inner thoughts and feelings through writing. It’s SO important to write about what YOU love, what brings you joy, and readers will really appreciate that genuine enthusiasm for a subject you feel passionate about. Or maybe it’s a topic that makes you angry or bitter or scared, maybe it’s something you cherish, or fear. It doesn’t matter. If it makes you feel something, you should write about it. Don’t be lukewarm. Be energetic, fun, intense, interested. Be YOU.
Remember: Content is king. Write the kind of things you like to read about. The kind of things that set your soul on fire. If you get goosebumps thinking about a certain topic, write about it! Even if you worry that no one will care. Trust me, they will. If you care deeply about a certain topic, odds are someone else will care too. And if they don’t, then your passion can make them care.
Keep at it! You got this! 🔥 🔥 🔥
Thank you so much for reading! I hope you found this post helpful. What other tips have you found useful in making your blog the best it can be? Let me know in the comments below. Have a lovely week! 🙂 ❤